Blue Note (Paris)

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The Blue Note was a jazz club in Paris in the 1950s and 1960s.

Ben Benjamin sold the Mars Club in Paris in 1958 and then opened a new jazz club, the Blue Note, at 27 Rue d'Artois, a side street off the Avenue des Champs-Élysées . He asked the guitarist Jimmy Gourley to play in the new club with his band as a house musician. In the fall of 1958, the Blue Note opened with Zoot Sims as a star attraction and a multinational rhythm section. At the end of 1958, Stan Getz was a star guest at the Blue Note . The club was primarily attracted by the Paris-based drummer Kenny Clarke ; his engagement began on January 1, 1959. Lester Young had there a few weeks before his death from January to March 1959 last appearances. The house band formed for a while "The Three Bosses" with Bud Powell , Pierre Michelot and Kenny Clarke, while Gourley was responsible for guest stars with an accompanying group in between; At the Blue Note , Chet Baker , Don Byas , Charlie Byrd , Donald Byrd , Sonny Criss , Booker Ervin , Victor Feldman , Jimmy Giuffre , Dexter Gordon , JJ Johnson , Elvin Jones , Lee Konitz , Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins , Sahib Shihab , Lucky Thompson , Nathan Davis , Mal Waldron and Ben Webster . In 1962, Johnny Griffin played there for a year. Kenny Clarke's departure coincided with the end of the Blue Note ; At the end of 1966 it became a discotheque that only offered live music twice a year. In 1968 it was closed.

Another jazz club of this name is Blue Note, founded in New York in 1981 .

The club was reconstructed by Bertrand Tavernier for the film At Midnight .


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  • Gisela Albus: Paris - Pittsburg. A story in jazz. The Life of Nathan Davis . Lowell Press, 1991.

Individual evidence

  2. Comolli et al. a. Dictionnaire du Jazz 1988